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SC notice to TN govt on Veerappan's brother plea for remission

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today sought a response from the on a plea filed by a jailed brother of slain sandalwood smuggler Veerappan seeking benefit of remission in the life term.

A bench of Chief Justice and Justices A M Khanwilkar and issued notice to the state and asked it to file its reply in four weeks.

69-year-old Mathaiyan has approached the apex seeking remission of his life sentence alleging that the state did not duly consider his case for remission.

He has been in jail since his arrest on July 28, 1987 in connection with a case. He was convicted and sentenced to life in November 1997.

Mathaiyan's seeking remission of his sentence was disposed of by the Madras High on December 16, 2015.

The High Court had directed the Government to consider his plea. But the State Government did not consider it, as directed.

Mathaiyan has alleged discrimination on the part of the government and said it granted remission to other prisoners who had served at least 20 years of actual imprisonment, in terms of a government order dated November 10, 1994.

On July 28, 2007, when the state government released hundreds of prisoners serving life sentence in exercise of its remission powers, his case was not considered for eligibility, he said.

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First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 19:42 IST